Global Virtual Teams, Project Ambiguity, Trust, and Effective Communication in Senior Capstone Courses

Sergey Dubikovsky, Anna Friesel

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    In the current global business environment, the ability of engineering and engineering technology graduates to work effectively in virtual teams becomes an important part of educational objectives for universities and colleges around the world. The virtual team is a relatively new phenomenon, where many advantages exist for companies and its employees. A team could be assembled on short notice, employing the best specialists around the globe. It can be extremely flexible, inexpensive, and could improve resource utilization. It is possible to accomplish a goal and to disband a team as quickly as it appears. However, the concept comes with challenges, such as communication, which is less effective than face-to-face meetings. It is also harder to manage virtual teams. Time differences, lack of socialization, coordination, technical issues, and technological proficiencies are among other potential problems. This paper describes a series of international collaborative projects between US and Danish students, the challenges they faced, possible solutions, and lessons learned.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2018 28th EAEEIE Annual Conference (EAEEIE)
    EditorsKarl Gudmundsson
    Number of pages4
    Publication date2018
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-7711-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Event2018 28th EAEEIE Annual Conference - Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
    Duration: 26 Sep 201828 Sep 2018


    Conference2018 28th EAEEIE Annual Conference
    Series2018 28th Eaeeie Annual Conference (eaeeie)


    • Virtual teams
    • Hands-on engineering project
    • International collaboration
    • Capstone

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